MUSICIAN: Annie is an old timey banjo player who also accompanies herself on acoustic guitar. She is a singer of old songs and new, including Americana, contemporary singer-songwriter songs, ballads, Appalachian tunes and more. Annie has also been a jazz vocalist for over 30 years.
LISTEN: Here is a Youtube video of Annie singing Gone, Gonna Rise Again (by Si Kahn) off her album Mountain Side. Annie's jazz trio, Girls From Mars has just released a new cd called Return to Planet Swing. You can listen to a teaser video of Annie singing Drum Boogie by Gene Krupa off their new cd.
PERFORMANCE HISTORY: Annie Patterson has performed and led music retreats at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools and camps throughout North America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the British Isles. Known for co-creating the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing (Sing Out, Inc 1988) and Rise Again (Hal Leonard Pub 2016), along with her husband, Peter Blood, Annie is also a performer and recording artist. She has honed her skills as a song leader, jazz vocalist and singer songwriter over the last 3 decades. She is one of 3 lead vocalists with the swing band Girls from Mars and is a guest vocalist with The O-Tones, a swing band based in Western MA.
SONGBOOK EDITOR & ARTIST: Annie worked along with her husband Peter Blood (and a wonderful team of volunteers) on all aspects of creating Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, including song selection, permissions, research, layout and illustrations. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Illustration, Annie has also worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and art teacher. Her illustrations, along with the work of 3 other talented visual artists, can be found in Rise Again (with Mona Shiber and Meghan Merker) and in Rise Up Singing, supplementing Kore Loy McWhiter's illustrations.
Read more about Annie's musical interests and folk music background on the Folk Performing page...
From Annie on singing together and the new songbook...
Working on Rise Again (released by Hal Leonard Publishing June, 2015) as well as our earlier songbook, Rise Up Singing, has drawn upon a variety of my life experiences. I'm a teacher, musician, artist, peace activist, mother and community organizer. I've been an advocate for children with learning challenges and know what it's like to care and advocate for dying loved ones. These experiences have taught me to speak out when I see injustice happening and to listen carefully when people want to share their story. Singing songs together can be a very effective and non-violent way to speak out as a community and can also help us listen better to each other so we can find unity and hope together.
I am passionate about our songbook work and our new songbook Rise Again. Like Rise Up Singing, our new songbook is a collection of 1200 (more) songs that inspire hope, teach us about social justice and tell the stories our history books leave out. This new collection includes songs that are hauntingly beautiful, songs that touch our hearts and songs that are just plain fun to sing.
Singing can knit communities together and touch peoples’ lives in a unique and amazing way. It has been an enormous privilege to lead groups together in song and feel the power of hundreds of voices singing in harmony. It is clear to me that people want to sing together and I am grateful for the opportunity to help them do this. ~ Annie
For bookings...please email booking at riseupandsing.org.
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Annie Patterson has performed and led music retreats at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools and camps throughout North America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the British Isles. She is best known for co-creating the popular songbook Rise Up Singing, along with her husband, Peter Blood. Their new songbook, Rise Again, published in 2016, is a similar collection to Rise Up Singing with 1200 different songs. Annie has honed her skills as a folk performer and jazz vocalist over the last 3 decades. She loves to sing songs from the Appalachian Mountains and British Isles, accompanying herself on banjo and guitar. Annie is also a jazz and swing vocalist with the swing band Girls from Mars (for over 30 years) and as a guest vocalist with The O-Tones, a swing band based in Western MA. You can find out more about Annie and her music work at www.riseupandsing.org.